In the early 1980's, AIDS was devastating the gay community by financial ruin and ending many lives too early. Concerned individuals began buying and distributing food to people from the trunks of their cars. The effort grew to become what we now know as Martha's Pantry.
The reality is: HIV/AIDS effects people from all walks of life. With treatment, people are surviving but costs are astronomical.
At Martha's Pantry our concern for our friends goes beyond basic survival to include personal dignity and quality of life.
Our clients have the opportunity to choose from lists of food and additional household items, such as:
* A variety of personal hygiene and toiletry items for men and women
* Paper and plastic goods
* Donated clothing and other household items in Michele's Closet.
* Pet food and toys
* Household cleaning products.
OUR RESOURCES - We are members of the Clark County and Oregon Food Banks, Northwest Harvest and receive generous help from our many friends.
OUR FACILITY - Our current location is in the Vancouver Heights United Methodist church. We have a stock room, commercial freezers and refrigerators, offices and a welcoming client area.
OUR STAFF - We are 100% volunteer community of dedicated individuals.
OUR FINANCES - Over 90% of our income is used to directly serve the clients.
Check out some of our wonderful volunteers!